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Bario Sarawak

The Different Sceneries of Bario

One of the things to do in Bario: Photography

So what do in Bario beside eat until you break the weighting machine at the Bario Food Fest? Well, if you like to take photos, you will enjoy here. Beside taking potraits of the Kelabits people.

Bario is a very unique place to offer a few different feels of scenery in one place.

The Misty Village

I love this period of time the most. The whole place is so dreamy with the thick mist.

and when you got tired, you can have a cup of coffee by the road.

The Green & Blue Countryside View

During the late afternoon, it’s great to have a drive/walk around the village.

If only the road were well tar, then it would be great for cycling.

I was able to visit some Kelabit longhouses there and found out it is very different from the other ethnics longhouse design. Kelabit longhouse has a common kitchen. Everyone cook and eats together.

Oh ya, you can just walk into people’s house as if you stay there. LOL

 The Purple Sunset.

As you can see, this is my favorite spot in Bario. XD

I was running like mad to reach there before the sun truly set. Too bad I was a little late.



I wasn’t really prepared for Bario and missed out a couple of nice shooting spots.

Nevertheless, here are some from my friends who I met in Bario.

This spot is just few minutes walk from my Longhouse. Too bad I didn’t manage to go else can get a good shot of the milky way.


The Milky Way Sky in Bario

Be hold!! The night sky in Bario.

It was soooo amazing. I was like…

Too bad I do not have a tripod with me, else I’m so gonna take a plane wreck + milky way combo!! hahaha


There’s this magical thing about this place. I guessed its the mood of the place and the heart warming people I met there. I think I missed the  most is the story telling session we had every night by the fire pit with a glass of home made pineapple wine, “Ada lagi”.

…….Okay, I admit I miss the pineapple wine. XP

Too bad, Uncle don’t allow us to take it out of Bario.



Must have items into Bario: – Sunblock ,  – DSLR Camera, – DSLR Stand, – Torch light, – Marshmallow (BBQ it at the firepit),

– Instant Tom Yam noodle (it’s a enjoyment to eat hot tomyam noodle in a cold weather) XD

optional: – Hiking equipment (if you’re into hiking)


A BIG THANK YOU to our flight sponsor,

homestay provider,

the amazing  Uncle David and Auntie Lucy from Labang Homestay  (site).

and all other new friends we met there for the great memories. 🙂

Bario Sarawak Trip

Never Judge a Destination by Its Photo.

So I went to Bario last month and didn’t brought any long pants with me. And it was one of my biggest mistake on the trip.

The photos on the internet so far was so misleading. None of them looks cold but the temperature actually dropped down to 14 degree Celsius on the first day.

The most scariest part is the wind and the fact that Bario means Valley of Wind makes it even scarier.

Look at the mist.

Taken with Canon 550D:

Taken with Ipad:

And I wasn’t the only one..  hahahaha phew


My friend who went with me only wore only a singlet and shorts. Hahahahahaha

The Stupid duos.

Bario Sarawak

I Die Fat at Bario Food Festival 2014

Intro | Le Journey | Bario Food Festival 2014

The Festival Site

Wheee…finally reached Bario. Auntie Lucy‘s (the owner of the longhouse homestay we’re staying) cousin picked us up at the airport. The Food Festival site is located at the Padang Pasir Village which is just a 5 minutes drive from the airport.

When we reached, there were many Kelabits lining up to welcome us..

and so I thought. LOL!

This is the traditional costume of Kelabits. It’s a little similar with their cousin ethnics, the Lun Bawang.

The difference is the color of the headgear. Kelabits headgear is brown at the front and multi colored at the rear while the Lun Bawang‘s are all yellow. Traditionally, they only wear the dress and top part is bare.

The site is not too huge, there were only one row of food stalls, one row of shops selling drinks and handcrafts and a stage for cultural performances.

Each of the stall represents one village and all of them are competing with each other for the Best Food Stall of the Festival. So, all of the stalls were well decorated.There are 14-16 villages around Bario but this year only 9 or 12 villages taking part in this festival.

Pa Ukat means Ukat Village.

Look at all these food that can’t wait to go into my mouth.

And it’s free to try. #Waitwhat! LOL


If you found something you like, you can buy a box of that dish for RM5 or a scoop for RM1.

It’s all Kelabit food. A new cuisine to me and have no idea what to expect. I believe we can’t get Kelabit cuisine outside of the highlands. Most of the ingredients are wild vegetables and animals that you can only found in the Bario highland.

They did provide signs on the dish but they were all in Kelabit and it’s not helping at all. LOL =.=

Then again, sometimes it’s best to not know what you’re eating tho especially in a food fest.

Kelabit Food

Okay #waitwhat! Dig in!! hahaha

Check out the food I had.

Fermented Rice and Bamboo Shoots?

Bunga Kantan Shoots and Palm Shoots or Pineapple shoots?

Dried Pork with Mushrooms and Durian with Green Beans

Pumpkin something and hmm something

Mashed Potato Leaves? and Curry Chicken!

Bamboo River Fish

Hmm..This is either Porcupine, Barking Deer or Mousedeer. I can’t really sure but I did had all three of them during this trip. Most of the time I only found out after I send them into my stomach. =.=

“Wild” meat is common here as most of the villagers here owned hunting licence.

I even had wild food that is “hunt” without a licence.

These.. XD Kelatang Grub Podridge and Stir Fry Sago Worm with Shoots.

Sago Worms is very common all over Sarawak but the Kelatang Grub is native to this highland. And I can say that Sago Worm still the best worm ever lol. Kelantang Grub has a very strong taste to it, a little like Bunga Kantan taste.

There’s quite a number of foreigners saw what I ate while walking pass my table and I saw some of them shocked with what they saw.LOL

I have this Bario-to-eat-list before I went to Bario and having Kelatang Grub was one it. It suppose to complete my Bario trip, not until I found out there’s another dish that one must savor in Bario and that is the BBQ Wild Pork Rib!! omaigod! OvO  #sorrynonhalal

A new found friend of mine managed to have it and said it was really good. Sadly it sold out before I managed to get a glimpse of it. So sad. Well, another reason to go back to Bario. > v <

Poster for next trip. LOL

And this one looks interesting too. Maybe next time can get to eat this. hehehe

See how huge it is! omg!  Never know a upstream fish can be so huge.

Cultural Performance Show

 There were cultural performance for the guest.

The infamous Orang Ulu‘s Hornbill dance and it was very graceful. Will share the video after I edit it.

Here’s a performance telling the life of a Kelabit in the old days.

There were kids performing too.

So cute in their traditional costume.

Somehow, cowboy style/culture has become part of the highlander modern culture among Lun Bawang and Kelabits people. Instead of horses, the Lun Bawang ride on buffaloes and the people wear cowboy hats on a daily basis. I guess the culture was  brought in during the missionary.

Kelabit Games

There were many traditional games up for the community and the visitors to play.

(image from BarioFoodFestival FB)

all of them are very physical challenging. I was too full to move so I didn’t join any of them. LOL

And then, they have this..

The locals dressed up as ladies and had a match of football. LOL Everyone was laughing like mad especially when they adjusting their skirts or fake boobs. hahahah

The activities ended around 4-5pm where everyone went back longhouse for a short rest and shower before the night show.

 The Night

The night show starts around 8pm and it was filled with music and dances.

The international Sape player, Jerry Kamit was there to perform for the night. It was an honor to be able to listen to him live.

There were also traditional dancing competition.

and i thought it was a beauty pageant.*koff koff* cantik (pretty) nya*

and the night didn’t ends here. The party just started lol. Everyone started dancing together from poco poco dance to 80’s hits songs. I heard that some of them dance and party until 4 in the morning. *salute*

I’m too old for that. I was dead tired and sleeping warmly in my bed. LOL


For more photos and info, do visit Bario Food Festival Facebook page. 😀

Honestly, I can’t wait to go back for next year Bario Food Festival. > v < I heard from the organizer that there’s gonna be even more food and not only just Kelabit food.  (* v *) *eyes sparkles*

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